A decision to field eight films which will be shown simultaneously starting from Christmas Day for this year’s Metropolitan Manila Film Festival (Philippines) seemed to be the consensus arrived at during the symposium hosted by the Metopolitan Manila Development Authority last Saturday.
Producers and various craftsmen and technicians involved in filmmaking gathered at the Manila City Room of the MMDA Building on EDSA corner Orense St., Makati City for the symposium. Later that night, the joint appreciation dinner for MMFF-P 2007 and the official launching of MMFF-P 2008 was held in the same venue.
MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando had earlier sent letter-invitations to local film producers to submit their script entries to the 2008 MMFF-P and set a May 16 deadline. A total of 15 copies per script must be submitted to the MMDA secretariat on or before 5 p.m. of May 16.
During the MMFF-P 2007 appreciation night, cash prizes were given to the winners of the last film festival. The first tranches of the beneficiaries’ shares from the amusement tax rebates during the filmfest. The bene-ficiaries included MOWELFUND (which got P1.4 million), the social fund of Malacañang (P1.4 million), the Film Academy of the Philippines (P400,000), the Film Development Council of the Philippines (P400,000), the Motion Pictures Anti-Film Piracy Council (P200,000) and the Optical Media Board (P200,000).
The theme of the symposium was: The Problems of the Film Industry: How to Join and Earn from the MMFF-P. The Executive Committee of the Filmfest to apprised the participants of the prevailing situation in the MMFF-P which failed to hit the P400 million gross last December and fell short of the P413 million gross in 2006. The 2007 gross was, however, still the second highest gross in filmfest history.
The symposium came up with a plan of action to maximize patronage for the festival film entries, in particular, and for local movies to be shown outside the festival period, in general.
During the appreciation party later that night, cash prizes for the winners in last year’s festival awards will also be handed out. The list of winners is as follows (with cash prizes based on the 2006 Filmfest):
Best Picture—Resiklo (P800,000)
Second Best Picture—Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo (P550,000)
Third Best Picture—Enteng Kabisote 4 (P300,000)
Gatpuno Cultural Award—Katas ng Saudi and Bahay Kubo (P550,000)
Most Gender Sensitive Film–Desperadas
Best Director—Cesar Apolinario for Banal (P100,000)
Best Actor—Sen. Jinggoy Estrada for Katas ng Saud (P100,000)i
Best Actress—Maricel Soriano for Bahay Kubo (P100,000)
Best Supporting Actor—Roi Vinzons for Resiklo (P50,000)
Best Supporting Actress—Eugene Domingo for Bahay Kubo (P50,000)
Best Child Actor—Nash Aguas for Christmas Tree episode of Shake, Rattle
& Roll 9 (P50,000)
Best Screenplay—Jose Javier Reyes for Katas ng Saudi (P100,000)
Best Original Story—Cesar Apolinario and Mac Cruz for Banal (P50,000)
Best Cinematography—Jay Linao for Resiklo (P50,000)
Best Visual Effects—Ignite Media for Resiklo (P50,000)
Best Editing—Jay Halili for Resiklo (P50,000)
Best Production Design—Rodel Cruz for Resiklo (P50,000)
Best Musical Score—Von de Guzman for Bahay Kubo (P50,000)
Best Original Song—Wala na bang Pagasa? by Rusty Hernandez in Anak
ng Kumander (P50,000)
Best Sound—Ditoy Aguila for Resiklo (P50,000)
Best Make-Up—Rosalinda Lopez for Desperadas (P50,000)
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